Paris Attack Suspect Transferred From Belgium to France
Belgian prosecutors say they have handed over to France terror suspect Salah Abdeslam, who is alleged to be a key player in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.
The Belgian Federal Prosecutor's Office said in a statement Wednesday that Abdeslam was delivered to French authorities earlier in the day, on a March 19 European arrest warrant.
Last Thursday, Belgian authorities charged Abdeslam with attempted murder linked to a shootout in the Brussels district of Forest last month. Police were investigating a suspected militant safe house when the gunfight broke out. Four police officers were injured and an Algerian suspect was killed. Investigators found Abdeslam's fingerprints at the scene and he was arrested three days later.
Abdeslam has told investigators that he arranged logistics for the Paris attacks and had planned to blow himself up at a sports stadium in the city on November 13, but change his mind at the last minute.
Without giving further details, Abdeslam's lawyer has confirmed that his client had admitted being in Paris during the attacks.
Papua New Guinea to Shutdown Australia Detention Camp
Papua New Guinea says it will close a detention center for asylum seekers on its northern island of Manus.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced the center's closure in a statement Wednesday, one day after the Pacific island's Supreme Court ruled that Australia's detention of more than 800 asylum seekers at the Manus camp is unconstitutional.
O'Neill said any of the detainees considered to be "legitimate refugees" are welcome to remain in Papua New Guinea if they wish "to be a part of our society and make a contribution to our community."
Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Tuesday that none of the detainees at the Manus facility will be resettled in Australia -- they must either return to their home country or settle in a third country.